|ASAO MOTOGORď I|
Other name: Izayoinosuke
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: Kisui
Master: Asao Jűjir˘ I
Brother: Asao Motoz˘
Disciples: Asao Tamejűr˘ I, Asao Yatar˘, Asao Motogor˘ II (?)
11th lunar month of 1727: he became wakaonnagata.
1st lunar month of 1734: Motogor˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Hanagiri Toyomatsu I and Mihogi Shichitar˘.
11th lunar month of 1738: Motogor˘ played in Ky˘to the role of Daihachi's spouse Yaseno in Tomimura Takichi's kaomise drama "Ichi no Tomi H˘rai Yakata", which was produced by Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater; the role of Hirano Daihachi was played by Arashi Shichigor˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1739: Motogor˘ performed in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Muromachi Dono Ch˘h˘ Denki", which was produced by Sanogawa Ichimatsu I for the nadai Miyako Mandayű; his stage partners were Yamanaka Heijűr˘ I, ďtani Hiroji I, Sawamura Otoemon I, Tamiya Shirogor˘, Haruyama Genshichi II, Onoe Kikugor˘ I, Shinozuka Kazaemon, Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ I and Arashi Sanshir˘ III.
5th lunar month of 1742: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's play "Shinshű Kawanakajima Kassen" was adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Motogor˘ played the role of Danj˘'s spouse Matsushima [more details].
9th lunar month of 1746: first Kabuki adaptation of Takeda Izumo I, Miyoshi Sh˘raku, Namiki Senryű I and Takeda Koizumo puppet theater drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which was produced by Kiyosabur˘ at Miyako Mandayű's theater (the Kitagawa no Shibai); Motogor˘ played the roles of Kakuju and Tonami [casting].
11th lunar month of 1746: Motogor˘ became zamoto and produced in Ky˘to the kaomise drama "Taihei Asahi no Shirahata", in which he played the role of Okano; his stage partners were Fujioka Daikichi, Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ II, Shinozuka Kazaemon, Yamanaka Heijűr˘ I, Mihogi Shichitar˘ and Tatsuoka Hisagiku.
11th lunar month of 1747: Motogor˘ performed in the kaomise drama "Teikin ďrai Manzoku Kagami", which was produced by Nakamura Matsubŕ I at the Kitagawa no Shibai and celebrated the shűmei of Sakakiyama K˘shir˘ II and his son Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ II; Others stage partners were Yamashita Matatar˘ I, Takenaka Heikichi, Fujioka Daikichi, Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I, Nakamura Shirogor˘ III, Kasaya Matakur˘ I, Fujikawa Heikur˘ and Sanogawa Hanazuma II.
11th lunar month of 1749: Motogor˘ played at Miyako Handayű's theater the role of Hanzaemon's spouse Oky˘ in the kaomise drama "Imosegura Kogane no Ishizue"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Danz˘ III, Yamatoya Jinbŕ IV, Fujikawa Heikur˘, Arashi T˘jűr˘ (he played the role of the senior retainer Nanbu Hanzaemon), Anegawa Daikichi I, Arashi San'emon IV and ďtani Hirohachi I.
11th lunar month of 1750: Motogor˘ played at Miyako Handayű's theater the role of Hanz˘'s wife Makino in Matsuya Raisuke I's kaomise drama "Kaikei Wag˘ Hanayakata"; the role of Todoroki Hanz˘ was played by Fujioka Daikichi.
1st lunar month of 1751: First Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Tamamo-no-Mae Asahi no Tamoto", which was produced in Ky˘to by Miyako Handayű at his theater; Motogor˘ played the roles of Michiharu's wife Hagi-no-Kata and Oyachi [casting].
6th lunar month of 1751: Motogor˘ played in the same theater the role of Kanbei's wife Chizato in the drama "Katakiuchi Deguchi no Yanagi"; the role of Muneta Kanbei was played by Yamashita Matatar˘ I.
1st lunar month of 1753: first Kabuki adaptation of the 5 acts puppet theater drama "Yamatogana Ariwara Keizu", which was produced as a new year drama at the Minamigawa no Shibai by Yamashita Matatar˘ I; Motogor˘ played the roles of Kingo's spouse Kaoyo and Hy˘e's spouse Kishinami [casting].
11th lunar month of 1753: Motogor˘ performed in Ky˘to at Miyako Handayű's theater in the kaomise drama "Hade Musume Bandachi Yakata", which was produced by Yamashita Ugenta II and celebrated the shűmei of Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ II.
Fall 1755: Motogor˘ went to ďsaka.
1st lunar month of 1756: Motogor˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Arashi Koroku I and Yoshizawa Sakinosuke II.
1st lunar month of 1758: Motogor˘ appeared on stage most likely for the last time, in Ky˘to at the Hirano no Shibai, playing the role of Harukaze in the new year drama "Kume no Sennin Yoshino Zakura", which was produced by Kameya Jűjir˘. No record afterwards.
Asao Motogor˘ I was an important 18th century onnagata actor, who achieved fame for himself in Ky˘to and in ďsaka in the 1740s and the 1750s. He followed in the footsteps of his master Asao Jűjir˘ I, the founder of the Asao clan and an outstanding female roles specialist. He excelled in keisei and kar˘ ny˘b˘ roles. He was the last onnagata of the Asao clan for his best disciple became one of the most talented katakiyaku actors in Kabuki history.
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